I only hope you don't frequent mulierophile forums (actually shouldn't that be gynophile?) where men discuss upgrading their wives ...
I've upgraded Mrs DDC twice over the years, once due to being away all the time so I had no time to 'play' and once due to simple 'theft'.
We do so many shows in a row,
And these towns all look the same,
We just pass the time in our hotel room
And wander 'round backstage,
Till the lights come up, and we hear that crowd,
And we remember why we came.
Gynophile sounds far better indeed!
Then again, I'm not a hellenophile...
I've only done it once but I'm still paying for it.
Just in case you're finding the hobby becoming a little, ah, obsessive....lol
A funny, but also sad description, but one I find very true from my interaction with the breed over the years...
I guess I'm one of the few persons in this thread who finds the article funny rather than offensive. Perhaps it's because I somewhat agree with a number of the points.
Also, I've always accepted that this hobby is not the coolest...
In fact most hobbies are kind of dorky....
I can't count the number of TV shows and movies that show serial killers obssesively collecting items like stamps, coins etc...
If you collect watches, expensive clothes, wines, etc you still get mocked to an extent.... Not as bad as audiophiles, but you will still be laughed at by many people.
Even Car Enthusiasts get mocked for spending ridiculous amounts of money to tweak their ride and then not spending nearly that much time actually driving it.
One of the interesting things about our hobby is how so many of us (including Ken Rockwell) attempt to justify our own audiophile excesses while dissing other audiophiles.
I've seen an audiophile claim that his $15,000 system was a smart investment, based on years of careful auditioning, researching and finding good deals on second hand gear, yet still claim that the guys who spend $50,000 on speakers are lunatics with more money than brains... Somehow, he couldn't see that $15,000 for any HiFi (especially USED HiFi) is considered utterly NUTS by the average person.... For most persons the guy who spends $50K is just considered to be a richer NUT than the guy who spent $15K. But both are mocked just the same.
In Rockwell's article he exlcudes electrical engineers from the "audiophile" label, without realising that EE's can be some of the worst tinkerers. Just think of the number of brands with obssesive engineers who constanly tweek their products or completely change circuits and try again... Sure they maybe taking a more 'scientific' approach than the typical audiophile, but it is no less obssessive... Just check out what goes on on DIY audio forums...
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